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Jeff Porten No comments

TechSoup: Get Deep Discounts on Technology for Your Nonprofit

If you’re involved in a nonprofit organization that has technology needs, TechSoup provides deeply discounted software and services. Jeff Porten is a fan, but he found that signing up for and making good use of TechSoup requires some effort. Here’s what he learned.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 9 comments

Explore the Dark Side of Mojave: Understanding, Enabling, and Customizing Dark Mode

Do you find yourself turning down the brightness on your Mac screen to make it more comfortable to look at? Particularly if you’re sensitive to light or often work in a darkened room, macOS 10.14 Mojave’s new Dark mode might be easier on your eyes.

Josh Centers 3 comments

How to Take Photos and Scan Documents with Continuity Camera in Mojave

The new Continuity Camera feature in macOS 10.14 Mojave lets you use your iPhone or iPad to take photos and scan documents on your Mac. Josh Centers explains how it works and how best to integrate it into your workflows.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Astro Acquired by Slack: Apps to Shut Down October 10th

The enterprise messaging service Slack has acquired email app maker Astro Technology. Unfortunately, the Astro apps will stop working soon, forcing users to switch quickly.

Josh Centers 39 comments

TipBITS: How to Move Your Evernote Notes to Apple’s Notes

Evernote, the company behind the popular note-taking app, appears to be in trouble. If you’re worried about Evernote going under, now may be a good time to transfer your notes over to Apple’s Notes app for safe-keeping. Here’s how.

Josh Centers 2 comments

As of September 2018, Microsoft Office 365 Updates Will Require 10.12 Sierra

Microsoft is about to update Office 365 users to Office 2019 for Mac, which will require macOS 10.12 Sierra. Those running earlier versions of macOS will be able to continue using Office 2016 for Mac and will continue to receive “mainstream support,” but won’t get any new Office 365 features.

Jeff Carlson 5 comments

NAS: What You Need to Know before Buying

NAS (network-attached storage) can be a great way to expand your available data storage, but buying a NAS device involves wading into a lot of technicalities. In this article, adapted from his book Take Control of Your Digital Storage, Jeff Carlson breaks down the NAS buying process.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 12 comments

Mailplane Goes Chrome and Adds Features

On the Mac, Mailplane is a good fit for Gmail users who like Google’s Web-based interface but also want desktop features. With version 4, Mailplane rolls out many changes, including a new reliance on the Google Chrome browser under the hood, enabling the use of Gmail-focused Chrome extensions.

Michael E. Cohen 22 comments

How to Use Linked Text Boxes in Pages 7

Linked text boxes disappeared from Apple’s Pages in 2013, but after years of wandering in the wilderness, the powerful layout feature has returned better than ever.

Sharon Zardetto 7 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window

System Preferences is an essential tool that lets you customize your Mac in numerous ways. Learn how to customize System Preferences itself, the different ways you can open it, and how to navigate quickly to the pane you need.

Adam Engst 9 comments

TipBITS: Compare Before/After Edits in Photos

Ever wished that you could compare an edited image in Photos with the original, without using Undo or Revert to Original? Read on for the trick in both the Mac and iOS versions of Photos, and for the even more hidden trick on the Mac that helps you compare cropping.

Adam Engst 3 comments

WhenWorks Offers Self-Service Scheduling for Appointments or Office Hours

If you have clients who need to book appointments with you, the new WhenWorks iOS app and service provides a lightweight self-service solution so you can avoid the back-and-forth negotiations to find mutually acceptable times.

Josh Centers 76 comments

1Password 7 for Mac Offers a Fresh Look… for an Upgrade Price

AgileBits has released 1Password 7, the company’s first paid upgrade in many years. Are the changes to 1Password mini and the many visual improvements worth the cost of admission?

Glenn Fleishman 69 comments

Roll Your Own Cloud Backups with Arq and B2

Until now, Internet backups required subscribing to a cloud-based backup service and using proprietary software to handle archiving and retrieval. Now, there’s a DIY alternative: Arq backup software and Backblaze’s B2 cloud storage system.

Jeff Porten Adam Engst 7 comments

Agenda Offers a New Take on Note-Taking and Task Management

Momenta's Agenda provides novel ways of organizing projects and tasks within a note-taking system that can link to several other Mac apps. It offers a different subscription model that doesn’t expire purchased features. But it has been out only since the end of 2017, and still suffers from some bugs and limitations.